Medical marijuana dispensary still needs Penn Township approvals

David Weissman
York Dispatch
A rendering of the medical marijuana dispensary that will be located at 644-652 Frederick St. in Penn Township. (Photo courtesy of Knox Medical)

A Florida-based company has received a state permit to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in Penn Township, but it still needs the township's approval.

Township manager Kristina Rodgers said approvals for zoning, a land development plan and building permit are among the steps still needed for Cansortium Pennsylvania LLC, one of 27 companies awarded dispensary permits last week.

Rodgers said Monday morning that no one from the company, which will operate as Knox Medical, has reached out to the township yet regarding those steps.

Knox Medical is planning to place its dispensary at 644-652 Frederick St., which is zoned commercial, according to York County assessment records.

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Rodgers said the location is the site of a former restaurant, which closed two or three years ago and is "not in the best condition."

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The company will first need to contact the township's zoning officer for approval, but if there's an issue with the zoning, it will need to come before the Zoning Hearing Board.

Rodgers said the earliest Knox Medical could appear before the board at its Aug. 8 meeting.

If there are no zoning issues, the company can submit a land development plan to be considered, at the earliest, during the Planning Commission's Aug. 3 meeting, Rodgers said.

Zoning Hearing Board and Planning Commission meetings are open to the public and held at 7 p.m. in the township municipal building, at 20 Wayne Ave.

Knox Medical's application included a proposed timeline to open its dispensary Nov. 1, 2017, though the timeline was created under the assumption it would be awarded the state permit June 1.

Company spokesman Adam Sharon said Thursday, when the permit awards were announced, that November was still a realistic timeline.

Sharon could not reach company officials Monday to determine when it would be submitting plans to Penn Township.

Cansortium, which also owns permits to operate medical marijuana facilities in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico, submitted applications to operate dispensaries in each of the state's six regions.

The application offered companies seeking permits in multiple regions an option to rank their priorities, and Cansortium ranked York fifth out of the six counties where it applied.

Rodgers said someone from the company had tipped the township off about its plans a couple days before applications were due to the state, but it was too late to receive township approvals.

The township had granted permission for Ilera Healthcare LLC to operate a medical marijuana growing/processing facility in January, Rodgers said.

Ilera Healthcare did receive a grower/processor permit, but it will be located in Fulton County.

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